Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the maiden run of the Kochi Metro on Saturday, and took a ride on one of the trains. One of the fastest to be built in the country, the Kochi Metro is the first public transport system to reserve jobs for members of the third sex and it will be manned mainly by women a self-help group. Modi also launched the PN Panicker National Reading Day - Reading Month Celebrations.
Here are the live updates:
1.06 pm: CM Vijayan will submit a memorandum to PM Modi seeking help for an AIIMS centre and a light metro for Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, say officials.
1.05 pm: PM Modi leaves for meeting with CM Pinarayi Vijayan and state ministers at the Kochi naval base before leaving for New Delhi.
1.03 pm: One literate woman can educate two families and two generations, says PM Modi.
1.02 pm: Together, we can once again make India a land of wisdom and knowledge, says PM Modi.
1.02 pm: I believe in people’s power. I see big hope in such committed social movements. They have the capacity to make a better society and nation, says PM.
1.02 pm: PM Modi says focus on digital literacy is the need of the hour.
1.01 pm: There can be no joy greater than reading and no strength greater than knowledge. Kerala has been an inspiration to the whole nation in literacy, says PM Modi.